So, our dining room has a very weird texture to the walls. We have a 1929 house with mostly plaster walls (as far as I can tell). But in the dining room, it's as if they applied plaster and then pulled the plaster-spreading-thingie away from the wall, creating this menacing-looking popcorn-y texture.
Next item: When searching for a plaster repair person, I found a website featuring this unbelievable plaster work above. I can't believe this is someone's home. Please tell me that have giant stone lions on either side of their front steps. This place is insane.